Braised Lamb Stew

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the lamb:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder or boneless leg of lamb, 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • For the stew:
  • 1 onion, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 carrots, roughly diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves
Directions

In a mixing bowl add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cardamom and salt. Mix well until the mixture has turned into a paste, if the paste is too thick add a little more olive oil. Add the cubed lamb to the bowl and toss around to coat well. Cover and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 of the lamb, and brown well. Remove to a plate, and repeat with remaining lamb.

Add onions and carrots to the pot and sweat for 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh garlic and ginger; continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and chick peas, then return the lamb to the pot and stir in the lemon zest, chicken stock, apricots, and honey.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is tender. Sprinkle the stew with chopped fresh cilantro and serve right out of the pot.


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